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John Potash‘s ‘Drugs as Weapons Against Us’ At La Luz De Jesus, Sunday October 25th 2015

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John Potash


I am a conspiracy theorist, it’s official now, after being accused to be one for years, I guess I have crossed the line and became one today after attending a lecture by John Potash, the author of ‘Drugs as Weapons Against Us’… Do I buy every single thing he said – and it was a long presentation which lasted more than one hour and half – I am not sure, but there are many things which are very disturbing, to say the least.

According to Mr. Potash, almost all activists, musicians or politicians, people who have promoted anti war and civil rights movements, have been killed one way or another by the CIA, which used drugs or bullets… You don’t believe it? Well you should have attended his lecture at La Luz de Jesus on Sunday afternoon, because it was pretty convincing. It makes sense to eliminate all these troublemakers from Malcom X to the Black Panthers, JFK and his brother Robert, and numerous celebrities. Of course it’s a bit more bizarre when he makes the leap to famous musicians like Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain (and yes Cobain is once again at the center of the book), because the public doesn’t necessarily see them as activists, but it is credible with rapper Tupac Shakur, anarchist John Lennon… Still, be prepared, this book is a serial killing, a killing spree orchestrated by US intelligence. Wow, just wow.

Potash did an impressive amount of research, his 400-page book is riddled with characters and meticulous references, and his lecture was a very disturbing report filled with pictures of musicians in company of high-ranked CIA agents, army reserve colonels… Did you ever wonder why there was a colonel Parker in every photo showing Elvis Presley after he served the army? Parker took complete control of Presley’s life and his drug regimen. John Lennon said Elvis Presley had died when he went into the army… ‘That’s when they killed him, that’s when they castrated him, the rest of it was just a living death’, commented Lennon after the King’s death. Lennon was right, Presley got addicted to speed and started using them when he was in the army, and Parker was apparently responsible for that. Why? Simply because Presley was an activist, he was admiring black musicians, attending black concerts, a complete offense at the time, saying he was not the King but people like Bo Diddley should be regarded as kings… he was a threat for society and they castrated him at 21. Now if you are already offended, if you are already arms-in-the-air screaming I am crazy, you should stop there, because the rest is not going to please you.

Obviously, people attending the lecture were already very into these sort of ‘conspiracies’, but I should say that Mr. Potash is a very calm, low-key, very soft spoken guy who drops bomb after bomb without even moving an eyebrow. Furthermore, he is far from being a lunatic, and has worked counseling people with mental health issues and addictions for over twenty-five years.

He kept reminding us about drugs coming from Vietnam and Afghanistan – strangely two countries which were at war with the US for a long time – about a group of opium-trafficking families which came to form an American oligarchy, helped fund the Nazi regime and then saved thousands of Nazis to work with the Central Intelligence Agency, and about the world’s largest banks, such as HSBC, which have laundered huge amount of drug money.

Before any other drug, it was question of acid, LSD which was distributed in large amount to the masses to mess up people’s brains, was pushed on leftist leaders and left-leaning populations, on masses of hippies, on hundreds of bands populating Laurel canyon,… add to this the Manson family who was around at the time, and it must have been a total mess, a sex-drug orgy, so that I wonder how any musician has survived the 60’s.

All activists, from Che Guevara to Martin Luther King, were infiltrated by CIA agents and drugs were used to destroy them. As for musicians and actors, Tim Leary was the main vector providing acid to many. The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was performing at acid parties and Potash showed us a picture of Garcia with a guy more or less connected to the CIA.

Lennon and Harrison got their first dose of LSD at the same time, poured in their coffee by their dentist, without them knowing it! And the list goes on and on, Brian Jones was also assassinated because he wanted to form a super leftist group with Lennon and Hendrix, Hendrix followed later, then Lennon, as the CIA was also behind Chapman. To support every thing, Mr. Potash has pictures, many files and books written about all these different musicians. Basically, all musicians were connected to high-ranking military or CIA people and even Frank Zappa realized it when he said ‘the CIA was giving LSD to hippies’. You have to add to this list Bob Marley and Tupac of course (whose both parents were members of the Black Panthers): Potash asked for Tupac’s FBI files and they asked him to pay more than $400, meaning they have an impressive  4,000-page file on him. And there is also Kurt Cobain, who was the subject of the recent drama documentary ‘Soaked in Bleach’. For people heavily aware of all the evidence presented in the movie, there’s nothing new, except a few more elements: Detective Terry who was working on the investigation was murdered, and this bombshell: Courtney Love was a junkie prostitute working for the CIA, who used to distribute acid like candies to musicians… Mr. Potash has spoken to Hank Harrison, Courtney’s father, who has claimed this for years.

And there is always more, we are in deep conspiracy territory and my head is spinning. I know the government has many secrets and hidden agendas but should we believe any of this? Part of this? All of this? Are we manipulated by drugs? It’s now a sure thing that the CIA had strong connections with the crack cocaine explosion in African American neighborhoods, so why not all the rest? Pulitzer Prize winner journalist Gary Webb who wrote about this in his ‘Dark Alliance’ newspaper series died in 2004 of an apparent suicide, with two gunshot wounds to the head, yes two… I will let you connect the dots.

Since John Potash was such a lovable character, I could not resist and I asked him if he knew about Elliott Smith, my own ‘conspiracy story’ (although I don’t think this term is appropriate in this case) saying to him ‘I don’t think it has anything to do with the CIA, but…’ He was familiar with him and told me right away he didn’t think it was a suicide, he even asked me to send him my research and encouraged me to continue writing about it…I am officially a true conspiracy theorist.


  1. A. on August 21, 2021 at 2:06 am

    I just watched the film and immediately worried if I was falling victim to a conspiracy theory.

  2. Krista on September 27, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I was listening and not watching and thought it was a parody. Stupid

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